The recent declaration by Chinese leader Xi Jinping (credit CNN), assuring U.S. President Joe Biden of non-interference in the 2024 U.S. presidential elections, strikes a note of absurdity. This pledge, delivered amidst China’s notorious track record of meddling in foreign elections, is tinged with incredulity and skepticism. Set against the foreboding backdrop of China’s recent interference in Taiwan’s elections, Xi’s promise, though cloaked in diplomatic niceties, echoes with a hollow ring of implausibility in the complex dance of geopolitical maneuvering.
The dissonance of Xi’s vow is stark, especially considering the shadowy nature of China’s past interventions. While Russia’s overt interference in the 2016 U.S. election involved a tiny but brazen campaign of hacking and releasing damaging emails (with no impact on the results, according to authorities), China’s tactics have been more subtle, more powerful and have had effect. Their covert operations, aimed at surreptitiously shaping U.S. policy and public opinion, have been executed with a disturbing level of sophistication. As U.S. intelligence reports reveal, senior Chinese officials have directed operatives to “intensify efforts to influence U.S. policy and public opinion in China’s favor,” employing shadowy online campaigns to deepen societal divisions and undermine democratic processes.
This dark strategy, involving the use of fake social media accounts and other deceptive means to manipulate U.S. politics, not only subverts the democratic process but also erodes the social fabric of American society. By attempting to covertly sway the outcomes of U.S. elections, China embarks on a treacherous path, seeking to clandestinely reshape the global political landscape in its favor. This stealthy undermining of the principles of free and fair elections poses a dire and insidious threat.
In response, the Biden Administration has launched a laughable and biased strategy, raising public awareness about the dangers of disinformation but choosing partisan political stances as “truth.” The task remains formidable in the face of these sophisticated and ever-evolving threats.
Xi’s promise of non-interference in the upcoming U.S. elections is cynical and absurd. The stark contrast between his words and China’s history of election meddling, particularly in light of their recent actions in Taiwan, casts serious doubt on the authenticity of his assurances. The act of clandestinely influencing another country’s government is akin to a covert act of war, requiring a response that is both vigilant and measured. Addressing this challenge is critical, not only for the preservation of U.S. democracy but also for maintaining stability in an increasingly unpredictable world.
The Biden Administration may not be up to the task. Hopefully they are not fooled too badly.